Health Clinical Track



Overview

The Health Division at the University of Miami’s Department of Psychology serves as a hub for interdisciplinary research at the interface of psychology, behavior, health outcomes, and the sociocultural and/or biological processes that mediate the associations of these variables. We actively conduct health psychology and behavioral medicine research to understand the process across the health continuum of epidemiological data, health behavior change, and the relationship of psychological variables to sociocultural and/or biological processes and outcomes. These research areas cut across multiple disease states and processes, with a particular focus on HIV, Oncology, Cardiovascular Health, and Diabetes. Much of our research focuses on some aspect of health disparities – be they related to racial/ethnic or sexual/gender minority populations.
We actively conduct behavioral medicine research to understand the process across the continuum of epidemiological health data, health behavior change, and the relationship of psychological variables to biological processes and outcomes across various medical conditions

PhD Degree Program

The Health Division offers coursework and training to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Health Clinical Psychology. Students may alternatively elect to pursue a Behavioral Medicine (non-clinical track) which is a similar program except does not have the clinical oriented courses or practica.

Program Progression

The program typically is completed in five years, plus a 1-year internship. Our intent is that students develop a solid knowledge base pertaining to behavioral medicine and bio-behavioral health processes, as well as research training and publications to compete successfully in the job market after the Ph.D. is awarded. For the clinical training, all students complete core courses covering basic fields of clinical psychology. Additionally, we offer a “Behavioral Medicine Sequence” of courses that address an introduction to the field, biobehavioral processes, and health psychology assessment and treatment, as well as a strong quantitative sequence focusing on introductory to advanced statistical analysis. See “coursework” tab on this page for additional information.